We can now return to the yoga discourse with this distinction between use- and symbolic-value in mind. We can first of all see that the subjective transformative effects of yoga (the ASCs) are signified by the yoga discourse as having some utility – some use-value for the individual. Central to the yoga discourse, we would expect, is to describe and explain this use-value for the individual. It should tell us what we as individuals – as body-mind systems -get out of practice. When we study yoga discourse we observe that sometimes the subjective benefits are signified with physical, medical, ethical, psychological and sometimes metaphysical signs: focussed mind, strong health, time travel, improved flexibility, psychological self-insight, compassion, self-discipline, stable moods, immortality, calmness, god experience, access to divine energies, mind reading, and ability to fly.
Two small RCTs provide modest evidence that magnesium may be helpful Yoga poses and benefits in a subgroup of CFS/FMS patients Holdcraft, Assefi, & Buchwald, 2003. Yoga poses and benefits In an open comparison trial, 30 CFS patients were randomized to one of three groups: acetyl-l-carnitine alone; propionyl-carnitine alone; and acetyl-l-carnitine + propionyl carnitine.
Those given acetyl-l-carnitine showed improvements in mental fatigue, those on propionyl-carnitine had improved general fatigue, and those receiving both carnitines improved in mental and general fatigue. Attention improved in all groups Vermeulen & Scholte, 2004. St. John’s Wort brand Kira 900 mg/day reduced fatigue, depression and anxiety in a six-week open series study of 19 CFS patients Stevinson & Ernst, 1999. A six-week DBRPC study of 184 patients with somatoform disorders somatization disorder but not depression found that those given St. John’s Wort Kira 600 mg/day did better than placebo, particularly those with autonomic dysfunction Muller et al.
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